Luxulyan Photo Gallery
Derailment of a High Speed
Train in the Valley
The shortest HST formation ever to run in passenger service
Running solo, HST power car 43029 approaches Luxulyan
43029 cautiously approaches Luxulyan Station - note the waiting Ambulance
Emitting more exhaust than a steam train, 43029 approaches Luxulyan Station
passengers alight at Luxulyan's commodious Inter City Station
With passengers gone, 43029 waits in the station. Note the flower bed !
isolated location of the derailment in the Luxulyan Valley.
Note the characteristic granite outcrops in the fields in the background - now all gone.
Power car 43029 has had a somewhat chequered history since 1991. In mid-2001 it featured in the press launch of First Great Western's new blue, white and pink livery.
On 6th November 2004 it was again the rear power car in a derailment - the fatal crash at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire when an HST hit a suicidal motorist's car on the level crossing. It suffered extensive damage as a result but, after a long period in store, it was repaired and re-entered service in Spring 2006.
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